Bruins Suffer Tough Loss at Arizona
May 11, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - Brian Anderson's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning broke a 9-9 tie to give Arizona a 10-9 win over UCLA this evening at Frank Sancet Field in Tucson, AZ. The Wildcats scored eight runs in the bottom of the first, and an unearned run in the bottom of the third, but couldn't score again until the final inning. UCLA drops to 22-29, 6-10 in Pac-10 play, while the Wildcats improve to 29-18 and 7-9 in conference games.
The Bruins took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. After Rashad Parker walked, he stole second and scored on Wes Whisler's single up the middle. Josh Arhart followed with a double down the left field line. Whisler came around to score on Casey Grzecka's single to right field, and Arhart scored the third run of the inning on Brandon Averill's single to right field.
But the Wildcats sent Mike Kunes to bench early. Leadoff batter Brad Hassey hit a solo home run and was followed by a Jeff Van Houton double. The Wildcats went on to score eight runs before Kunes was replaced by Kyle Wilson, who was able to get the final two outs of the inning.
UCLA got one run back in the top of the second. With one out, Ryan Rasmussen hit his second triple of the season to right field and scored on Parker's infield single.
The Wildcats extended the lead to 9-4 with a run in the bottom of the third, but UCLA battled back into the game in the top of the fifth. Consecutive hits by Whisler, Arhart and Grzecka closed the gap to 9-7, and an RBI single by Averill made it a one run game. Whisler tied the game in the top of the sixth with a home run off of reliever Tony Sulser.
After the eight run first inning, the Bruin pitchers were able to keep the Wildcats off the scoreboard except for one unearned run in the bottom of the third. Wilson allowed just two hits and one walk in a season-high 4.2 innings of work. Chris Cordeiro followed with another four innings of scoreless pitching. He allowed two hits and struck out three.
The game would remain scoreless until the bottom of the 10th inning. Justin St. Clair led off the inning by hitting a grounder to shortstop McCarthy. McCarthy couldn't handle the ball and it allowed St. Clair to get to second base. After Bruin reliever Billy Susdorf (0-3) hit Moises Duran to put runners at first and second, Hassey hit a sacrifice bunt to put the game-winning run at third base. With the infield in, Van Houton hit a soft grounder to McCarthy for the second out of the inning. Anderson hit a grounder through the right side of the infield to send the game winning run home.
Arhart finished the day with four hits, while Whisler, Grzecka and Averill had three hits each. Rasmussen had two hits, a double and a triple. The Bruins combined for 19 hits, but stranded 10 men on base. The usually strong defensive team also had four errors that led to four unearned runs.
The Bruins look to even the series on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Frank Sancet Field.